For my work experience, I spent 3 weeks at HIP gallery in Princes Quay. I am more interested in videography and photography than I am in writing, so I searched for videography and photography courses in Hull and found HIP gallery. For my first week, I got to witness how a Television program, the culture cafe, is conducted. My job was to tell the news presenters when to pause, when to finish and when to begin the show. This was an entirely new experience as I have never done this before. This particular task was more challenging than I thought, as I needed to follow the script that the presenters were reading, and follow it and tell them when to stop talking and when to start talking and when to pause. It was interesting to see the work that goes into creating the culture cafe.
For my second and third week, I practiced for my role as the cameraman for Hull’s strictly come dancing.
I was given only 2 weeks notice about the event, so I practiced thoroughly with a Large Format Sensor camcorder, a camera that is used in many news organisations such as the BBC. As I had no experience with this camera, I practised 2 hours a day for the 2 weeks leading up to the event.
During the event, I was under quite a lot of pressure as I was the main cameraman – people were watching the dancers from home via my camera, so I had to ensure that I got good quality footage. The pressure of the situation was a very good learning experience. I was wearing headphones and was told the shots to take by the team I was working with through my headphones. This required intense concentration and the ability to stay calm. The event was a great success and further strengthened my belief that I want to do videography and photography. My team were thoroughly impressed with my filming and the various shots I was able to take.
I also spent 2 Saturdays working with Andi Dakin who runs the Saturday Art Club. For the first Saturday, I worked with both him and his students on gathering interviews from people. I took charge and taught the students how to interview with the skills that I have acquired in this journalism course. For the second Saturday, I collected the interviews and edited them all for the students to use.